A growing number of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are committed to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The World Health Organization and others have set the course: we have now a good understanding of the objectives to achieve, the indicators to follow, the things not to do and the possible options. However, this 'global' knowledge does not exhaust all the questions that national and international actors may have at country level. Questions are multiple and to a large extent are, and will remain, peculiar to the country's situation. To move towards UHC, each country will have to find its own way. This indicates that self-reliant learning will be, alongside national leadership, the most critical capacity for success in UHC.
In a recent article, we – several members of the meeting steering group, noted that little attention has been dedicated so far to this need to build learning capacities for UHC at country level.
A group of international experts, active for about a decade in research and knowledge management activities for UHC, invites you to attend an international focused on “Learning for UHC”.
The meeting is co-organized by the Health Economics Unit of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) and several Communities of Practice. The meeting will take place in Antwerp, on October 15th-17th, 2018. Plenary sessions will be held in English. Some group work will be held in French.
The concept note presenting the event is available here. Deadline for application is September 2nd.
The two main objectives of the meeting will be to take stock of what we know and identify an agenda for the future. It is about joining forces to build an agenda that we will be willing to implement together.
Meeting participants will focus on six major themes. For more details about the agenda, please read the meeting concept note). For each theme, the objective will be to produce a concept note likely to set our future action. As an extension of our work, we will also produce blogs and a viewpoint to submit to a scientific journal.
As a participant to this meeting, you will be expected to contribute to the full impact of the event. Among other tasks, we expect you to
Guidance for accommodation will be provided after the selection. Support will be provided for participants from LMICs. Do not hesitate to ask extra information via the discussion space at the bottom of this page (new topic) or directly contact the project managers.
This workshop aims at decision-makers, practitioners, researchers and partners directly involved in the agenda of “learning for UHC in LMICs” and committed to co-develop a collaborative action agenda.
We aim for a participation of 50 experts. The entire application process is managed through the Collectivity platform. In their application letter, candidates are invited to indicate their themes of interest and put forward topics for which they might be able to make a contribution.